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May 13, 2003

UI Professor To Serve On National Advisory Council For Human Genome Research

Mary Hendrix, Ph.D., the Kate Daum Research Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology at the University of Iowa and head of the department, was recently appointed to the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research (NACHGR). The council advises the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), on genetics, genomic research, training and programs related to the Human Genome Initiative.

Hendrix was invited to serve on the 15-member council by Tommy Thompson, secretary of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Her term will start immediately and end Sept. 30, 2006.

The council generally meets three times each year at the NIH in Bethesda, Md. and makes recommendations regarding grant applications to support biomedical research and research training activities. The council also monitors the field of human genome research and recommends action to stimulate additional areas of research.

Hendrix also is deputy director of the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the UI. Her internationally recognized research focuses on identifying genes that contribute to cancer metastasis with a view to developing new diagnostic techniques and therapeutic strategies for destroying cancers.

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